Taiwan Insight: Taiwan’s Immigration Policy: support, concerns and challenges

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Taiwan’s 2020 election was its first with immigration as a salient issue. The country’s immigration challenges are not unlike those in other developed nations, where the demand for immigrant workers faces a domestic backlash. Meanwhile, immigrant workers, predominantly from Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, increasingly have been more vocal about concerns of unfair treatment, including protesting labour conditions  and the broker system for employment.

n order to disaggregate views of immigration by skill and country of origin, we conducted an experimental web survey through PollcracyLab at National Chengchi University’s (NCCU) Election Study Center in December. Five hundred and two respondents were randomly assigned to receive one of eight versions of a statement and asked to evaluate the statement on a five-point scale from strongly disagree to strongly agree.

Overall, the results are consistent with past surveys which find that Taiwanese people perceive skilled immigrants more positively than immigrants in general. However, the bump in support between versions that mention skilled immigration versus no mention of skills is worth noting. When no country of origin is mentioned, support for immigration increases by 48.8% when framed as skilled immigration. Yet, the boost in support for skilled immigration from the three Southeast Asian countries assessed is noticeably smaller

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Taiwan’s Immigration Policy: support, concerns and challenges

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